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USS Chimariko (ATF-154)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Lima - Alpha
NPLA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down as (AT-154) at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston S.C.
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-149), 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 30 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Chimariko (ATF-154), 28 April 1945, LT. W. R. Wurzler, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Chimariko was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Chimariko was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    9 November 1945 to 14 January 194615 January to 19 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 30 October 1946 at San Pedro, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register and custody transferred to the Maritime Administration in 1962
  • Reacquired by th Navy for use as a salvage training hulk in 1976
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target off southern California, 27 August 1978
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,240 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38'6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel Oil 2,275 Bbls
    Propulsion
    four GM 12-278A 750hp Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller 3,000shp

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    Chilula 1611k Overall view of Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Charleston S.C., in January 1945. Six ATF's are visible; three fitting out and three on the ways. Photo was taken from the mainmast of USS Chawasha (ATF-151) which was also fitting out. From front to back they are:
    USS Chilula (ATF-153)
    USS Cahuilla (ATF-152)
    USS Chimariko (ATF-154)
    USS Nipmuc (ATF-157)
    USS Cusabo (ATF-155)
    USS Luiseno (ATF-156).
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Luiseno 1874k Overall view of Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Charleston S.C., in January 1945. Seven ATF's are visible, three on the ways at right, and four fitting out at left. From front to back they are:
    USS Luiseno (ATF-156)
    USS Cusabo (ATF-155)
    USS Nipmuc (ATF-157)
    USS Chimariko (ATF-154)
    USS Cahuilla (ATF-152)
    USS Chilula (ATF-153) and
    USS Chawasha (ATF-151).
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Chilula 352k USS Chilula (ATF-153) and USS Chimariko (ATF-154) fitting out in January 1945 at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Chimariko 62k Ex-USS Chimariko (ATF-154) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 11 September 1975.
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1976.
    US Navy photo # NH 84186 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Chimariko 31k Ex-Chimariko (ATF-154 seen here as a salvage training hulk, circa 1976-78. Submitted by Joe Siesel to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

    USS Chimariko (ATF-154)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wurzler, W. R. USNR28 April 1945 - ?
    02LT. Kemmerer, Carl E.1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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